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Verge 11/14/2019 21:14
Photo by Efren Landaos/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images. Taylor Swift wants the rights to her own music — and she may have just crossed an ethical line to get it. On Thursday afternoon, Swift asked her gigantic army of fans to get in touch with music industry talent manager Scooter Braun and former label boss Scott Borchetta to “let them know how you feel” about their attempts to keep her from performing her old hits on TV or using them in a Netflix documentary. That request, of course, would require Taylor’s fans to know how to get in touch. So they promptly began doxxing the pair, publishing what appear to be Braun and Borchetta’s private contact information — including phone numbers and a physical home address — on Twitter. Don’t
Verge 11/14/2019 19:16
Images: Boosted. Electric skateboard and scooter company Boosted has launched a new set of urethane wheels for its longboards that will offer smoother, faster rides. The new wheels are called , and they cost $169 for a set of four. The wheels are 30 percent bigger than the ones that Boosted ships on its longboards, measuring 105mm in diameter (hence the name), 65mm wide, and 72 durometer — a measure of hardness. They should add about 2 miles per hour to the top speed, meaning the would be able to reach 24 miles per hour, and the can hit 26 miles per hour. The wheels are also compatible with Boosted’s second generation longboard, but the company says there’s only “limited compatibility” with the Boosted Mini...
Verge 11/14/2019 18:08
Image: Basecamp. This week, Basecamp launched of its project management software, which it calls . Basecamp was originally designed for small businesses, offering handy features like chat, an internal message board, group to-dos, a shared schedule, and more, all in one place. Typically, though, it costs $99 per month, which could be prohibitively expensive if you’re just looking for something to help manage tasks in your personal life or with a smaller group of people. Basecamp says Basecamp Personal is designed “specifically for freelancers, students, families, and personal projects,” and with it, you can make spaces for up to three projects, work on these projects with up to 20 users, and store up to one gigabyte of...
Verge 11/14/2019 16:46
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. The 50 attorneys general investigating Google for potential antitrust violations are expected to expand their probe and examine the company’s Android and search businesses, not just its advertising practices, . Last September, announced that they would take part in an antitrust investigation of Google led by Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Verge 11/14/2019 16:34
Microsoft isn’t going to repeat its mistakes from the Xbox One with its next-generation Xbox console. “I would say a learning from the Xbox One generation is we will not be out of position on power or price,” says Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Xbox and gaming chief, in an interview with The Verge. “ If you remember the beginning of this generation we were a hundred dollars more expensive and yes, we were less powerful. And we started Project Scarlett with this leadership team in place with a goal of having market success.”That market success will be key for Xbox, after years of falling behind PlayStation sales and questions over its games lineup. Either way, Spencer thinks there are plenty of generations of Xbox ahead. “We had the discussion..
Verge 11/14/2019 16:12
Among the 50-plus new games that Microsoft is bringing to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service over the next year are ten Final Fantasy games. The list encompasses every single-player mainline game released in the series since 1997’s Final Fantasy VII , including select spinoff games like Final Fantasy X-2 , and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII . Microsoft included the games in a list of titles that will start appearing “this holiday,” and said that they’ll be added over the course of 2020. There have been a bunch of different remasters of these games over the years, and in most cases it seems like Xbox Games Pass subscribers are getting the most recent version of each title. There are the HD remasters of X and X-2 , and you’re also.
Verge 11/14/2019 16:02
American intelligence agencies quietly stopped the warrantless collection of US phone location data last year, according to released today. looking to search through electronic location data without a warrant. Citing the ruling, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), a privacy hawk in Congress, to then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats asking how agencies like the National Security Agency would apply the court’s decision. In a response to Wyden released today, a representative for the office said intelligence agencies have already...
Verge 11/14/2019 16:00
Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic. Pornhub said on Wednesday that PayPal would no longer support payments to Pornhub performers (). In , Pornhub said that it was “devastated” by the decision, which cuts off the primary way it pays “over a hundred thousand performers.”In a statement given to Vice , PayPal said that the company discovered that “Pornhub has made certain business payments through PayPal without seeking our permission. We have taken action to stop these transactions from occurring.” PayPal’s also forbids “certain sexually oriented materials or services,” which, as Vice points out, is murky enough phrasing to give PayPal leeway to make decisions like this.
Verge 11/14/2019 15:52
Microsoft revealed earlier this year that it’s bringing its classic Halo game collection to PC, and adding Halo: Reach to the entire Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While the company has been running beta tests for Halo: Reach on PC in recent months, it’s now arriving on PC on December 3rd. Microsoft is taking its time to get Halo on PC right, and that means games will appear in stages. Halo: Reach is the first, and the rest will follow in chronological order. Microsoft is also tweaking the games to include field of view sliders and make sure the mouse and keyboard controls feel good. All six games in Halo: The Master Chief Collection can now be purchased in a bundle on Steam or through the Microsoft Store for $39.99, and Halo: Reach...
Verge 11/14/2019 15:47
Xbox One S | Photo by Tyler Pina / The Verge. Microsoft has announced its Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals at its XO19 conference in London. The company will be offering the biggest discounts yet on Xbox One consoles, as well as price cuts on controllers and several games. The deals will run on the Microsoft Store from November 24th to December 2nd (that’s a few days earlier than other retailers will kick things off), but Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold members will be able to access these deals even earlier, starting on November 21st. Photo by James Bareham / The Verge. If you want to be among the first to access the deals below, starting on November 14th. This deal is only...
Verge 11/14/2019 15:39
Microsoft is planning to launch its xCloud game streaming service in 2020, and the company is expanding it to Windows 10 PCs next year, too. “My expectation is that it will be generally available in 2020,” says Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of gaming, in an interview with The Verge . While Microsoft is committing to some type of launch next year, it’s not ready to talk about price or exact launch dates yet, but the company is also planning to bring xCloud to Windows 10 PCs and it sounds like PC games could be streamed here in the future. Microsoft is only saying “next year” for Windows 10 support, but it’s more likely we’ll see it appear in the next few months than toward the end of 2020. I asked Kareem Choudhry, the head of cloud gaming..
Verge 11/14/2019 15:38
Microsoft is expanding its Project xCloud preview today, with the addition of 50 games. The software maker originally launched the xCloud preview with , and it’s now working with more than 25 partners to launch 50 games today. Titles include Madden NFL 20 , Devil May Cry 5 , Tekken 7 , and Forza Horizon 4 . This will give xCloud testers a lot more games to play, but also provide us with a better understanding of how the service will run for more demanding titles. Microsoft isn’t at the point where it’s ready to launch Project xCloud as a full service with a monthly cost or subscription model, but these new titles will certainly make it more useful during the beta period. The new games arrive just as Google...
Verge 11/14/2019 15:37
Dontnod Entertainment, the developer behind award-winning episodic series Life is Strange , is working on a new narrative-based, “true-to-life” game called Tell Me Why . The game focuses on a pair of twins, Tyler and Alyson, untangling the memories of their troubled childhood. Tyler and Alyson’s relationship will act as the backbone of the game as they navigate life in small-town Alaska. It will also tell the story of Tyler’s life as a trans man. The developer worked closely with LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD to help craft the character. In a prepared statement, game director Florent Guillaume said that players will “explore the identical twins’ different memories of key events and choose which memory to believe. Ultimately, the...
Verge 11/14/2019 15:22
British video game developer Rare, creator of classics like Battletoads , GoldenEye 007 , and Banjo-Kazooie , is revealing its next big game, Everwild , at Microsoft’s X019 event today. Rare is only providing a small glimpse at Everwild , but the brief trailer makes it look like it’s going to be some type of action adventure game. Banjo-Kazooie fans will have been hoping for a sequel, or at least a new Banjo game, but Everwild looks more like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The world is full of different species of animals, all with Rare’s classic cartoon-style look and feel. Rare and Microsoft haven’t revealed much more about the game, nor when it will be released. Rare’s previous Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive, Sea of...
Verge 11/14/2019 15:15
Obsidian is a studio best-known for deep, intriguing role-playing games like Fallout: New Vegas and, most recently, . But the studio’s next release moves in a completely different direction. At X019 in London, Obsidian revealed Grounded , a survival game set in a suburban backyard where a group of four friends has to fend for themselves after being shrunk down to the size of an ant. “It’s a little different than what you’re used to seeing from Obsidian,” says director Adam Brennecke. Grounded , which is the first new property from Obsidian , is a four-player co-op experience that can be played in both first- and third-person. Like most survival games, you’ll build a base, craft...
Verge 11/14/2019 12:41
Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images. On Thursday, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang put out with a number of controversial proposals, including taxing digital ads and launching a new department to regulate algorithms on social networks. Democratic candidates have struggled with how to respond to the growing power of tech companies, with left-leaning candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren supporting , while moderates like Pete Buttigieg push for more .
Verge 11/14/2019 12:25
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Instagram, which has been running a test to hide like counts on posts in seven different countries, today that it is expanding the test globally. This follows an announcement last week that the test would be as soon as this week. If your account is included in the test, you won’t be able to see like counts on other peoples’ posts, but you will be able to see them on your own, according to a . This is how the tests have worked . The tweet included a notice that test participants will see in the app:. Starting today, we’re expanding our test of private like counts globally. If you’re in the test, you’ll no longer see the total number of likes and views on photos and...


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